Leonardo Balerdi

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Leonardo Balerdi
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Balerdi Rosa
Date of birth (1999-01-26) 26 January 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Villa Mercedes, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 18
Youth career
0000–2012 Sportivo Pueyrredón
2013–2018 Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 Boca Juniors 5 (0)
2019– Borussia Dortmund 1 (0)
2019– Borussia Dortmund II 5 (1)
National team
2018–2019 Argentina U20 7 (0)
2019– Argentina 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2019

Leonardo Balerdi Rosa (born 26 January 1999) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Borussia Dortmund.[2]

Career[edit]

Balerdi made his debut for Boca Juniors in the Argentine Primera División starting against Club Atlético Huracán on August 27, 2018.[3] Although only appearing 5 times for Boca Juniors (a total of 450 minutes on the pitch[4]), Balerdi's performances took Argentinian football by storm and he has rapidly been hailed as Argentina's best upcoming defender.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

In January 2019, Balerdi agreed to a four and a half year contract with Borussia Dortmund.[5] According to several Argentine reports, Dortmund has agreed to pay €15 million for the central defender. An additional €2 million might need to be paid due to agreed add-ons.[6][7]

Balerdi made his Dortmund and Bundesliga debut on 7 December 2019 against Fortuna Düsseldorf coming into the pitch as a substitute in the 78th minute.[8]

International[edit]

He made his Argentina national football team debut on 10 September 2019 in a friendly against Mexico. He replaced Lucas Martínez Quarta in the 83rd minute.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balerdi BVB OFFICIAL". BVB.
  2. ^ "Argentina - L. Balerdi - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Huracán vs. Boca Juniors". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ Horn, Gregory. "Leonardo Balerdi to Borussia Dortmund Finalized". Fear the Wall. Vox Media Inc. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  5. ^ Bahl, Tushar. "Borussia Dortmund sign highly rated centre back Leonardo Balerdi". Fansided.
  6. ^ Smith, Jamie. "Balerdi on verge of Dortmund switch, admits Boca president". Goal. Goal.com. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ Ambrose, Lewis. "Borussia Dortmund confirm signing of Leonardo Balerdi". Onefootball.
  8. ^ "Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho star as five-star Borussia Dortmund dismantle Fortuna Düsseldorf". Bundesliga. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Argentina v Mexico game report". ESPN. 10 September 2019.

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